Monday, December 22, 2008

Cassava Cake

Good thing there's internet so whenever i wanted to make something i just search the recipe online. I know i can always find the simpliest and easiest procedure. So for today i baked cassava cake cuz i have been missing this for a long time. It's been years since i had it back home. I know my husband would like it too. So if you wanna try to make it i'll share the recipe to you. It's my first time to make it but it's good.

2 pack of grated cassava (can be bought at asian store frozen)
2 14oz cans condensed milk
1 can coconut milk
2 eggs
1-2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Mix all ingredients but leave one can of condensed milk for topping. Baked 45-50 minutes. pour the the other can of condensed milk as topping and baked for another 20 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Let it cool and serve!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Crave for Pinakbet

I've been in the states for a year and a half now, and i've been missing a lot of filipino dishes. I could only cook filipino dishes once in a while if i have the ingredrients that i need for a certain recipe. One of those dishes that i have been craving for a long long time is the pinakbet, our very own ilocano dish. i really miss my mom's cooking. I have been wanting to cook it. I got so lucky today cuz here in Colorado i found a big oriental store called H-Mart. They say it is the biggest oriental store here in Colorado. Well i guess so cuz it is really huge, been there just once since we moved here. I was so happy though cuz i found all the filipino foods and veggies that i have been craving for a long time. I got all the ingredients for pinakbet, dilis, also got bangus ( milkfish) what's the best is that they will be the one to clean it for you and even cut the way you want it. i had it cut for daing! yum! Also got frozen grated cassava, i am planning of making cassava cake one of these days. i know my husband likes it! I even bought guava, been looking for it. and sweet tamarind. Oh boy! i am really so happy i found those foods. I've been whining to my husband for a long time that i wanted filipino veggies. Now my mouth is shut! haha! So today, i cook pinakbet for my lunch and it's gonna be good for a few days since i cooked a lot. Well it makes a lot if all the veggies are mixed together. I cooked it the way my mom make it. And it turned out so so good! yum yum!!

I didn't really measure everything, it depends on how much veggies you want to use. And i also used ground pork on this one.

Ground pork
Long string beans ( sitaw), about 2"lenghts
Squash ( kalabasa),seeded and cut into wedges
Eggplant (talong),cut into wedges
Bitter gourd (ampalaya), seeded and cut into wedges or depends on how you like
Okra, cut diagonally
Garlic, minced
Onions or shallot, sliced
Tomatoes, sliced
Cooking oil, 2-3 tablespoons
Salted fish sauce (bagoong isda), 3 tablespoons or depends on your taste
Water, 3 cups ( you can add more or less) it all depends on how much veggies you cook


Heat cooking oil in a wok, sautee garlic, onions/shallot and tomatoes. then add the ground pork, sautee until brown or done. Add salted fish and water. You can always adjust the taste by tasting it, it depends on how salty or saucy you want it. but i dont want it too much sauce on it so i didn't add more water.
Stir a little bit then add all the veggies. Cover and let it simmer until the veggies are all cooked. Serve hot with steamed rice. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas / Holiday from dNeero-ites

Showing Off... Exciting!

Today marks the fourth month of my pregnancy. I am so happy and excited because in a few weeks we will be able to figure out the baby's gender. I am just waiting for the call from the Prenatal Diagnosis and Genetics to schedule my date of appointment. It's pretty different here from the state we moved from. They should call me within this week so i am patiently waiting, But if they won't i'll call them fri. Besides its been almost three weeks since the last time they saw me for my OB visit. Oh well! My tummy is already showing off too, now i can see the bump! hehe! And i can now feel some of the baby's movement. It feels amazing! I can't wait for a harder kick! oh ya, some of my friends who were into pregnancy before told me that i'll cry when i feel that hard kick cuz it also hurts especially if the baby keeps on moving. I should prepare myself for that. haha!

My husband is also getting more and more excited as my tummy gets bigger. What's funny is that he really put his mouth so close to my tummy when he talk to our baby. And sometimes he practices how to carry a baby and ask me some questions like how to make the baby burp! i can really see that he is also preparing himself for everything. He even wanted to register for prenatal educational programs like "Infant and Child CPR" which is i think really important. And the "Newborn Parenting" because we are both first time parents to be. So we will be working on that pretty soon, just so glad that my husband thinks of these very important things and really suggests we should do it. We don't have any relatives living close to us so its just the two of us who will be taking care of our baby. I hope my parents in law will come and stay for a while with us. We are just so excited everyday and everybody in the family can't wait for the big news sometime next month. The baby's gender!

Okey i will post more about my pregnancy development next time to keep you all updated. At this time.. so far everything is doing alright! ciao.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Be Alert

In this time of economy crisis, crime is also very rampant. It happens everywhere. That is why we should be aware with what is going on around us, we should always be alert and prepared. We must bring something with us to defend ourself and 5.11 Tactical Knives is a good example. It is not just for defending ourself but also can be use with other things. It can be a first responder on fire, EMS, law enforcement or special operations knows the importance of having a dependable tactical knife available for critical incidents and off-duty use.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Home Alone..

not the movie but a reality... yes i'm home alone tonight. My husband flew to Phoenix to watch ACDC's concert. I didn't want to go because i dont wanna be tired and also its not the kind of music that i want cuz its a loud music. You know the guy kind of music! Anyway he went with his friend. He'll be home tomorrow at noon. But i am not used to sleep alone anymore, its just so hard for me so dont know how am i going to sleep tonight without my husband. Oh well i hope my eyes gets tired being infront of my laptop for a long period of time. It is just so quiet here.... i have no one to talk to (sigh!). And what a coincidence, im watching the "Home Alone" movie. So sad..

Monday, December 8, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SpitzTunes without a Cause

Just an Update

Just to give you an update with my pregnancy, i'm exactly on my 14th week today. i had an appointment with a midwife also. it's my first appointment here in colorado. The midwife was nice and gave me more informations about pregnancy. We were able to hear my baby's heartbeat once again, it's always a relief for me to hear it as well as with my husband. So my next appointment will be an ultrasound and by that time i hope we could see the baby's gender. I am so excited and can't wait. I don't want surprises!! so i could prepare everything and narrow down the names on my list. lol!

Monday, December 1, 2008

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